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#1 PaulR

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:51 AM

to run at the St James from 4 June. Directed by Jonothan Miller.

#2 Ian

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:40 PM

Currently touring in the north....
The engine roared, the motor hissed,
And who could see that the road would twist

#3 Lynette

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:48 PM

Anyone seen it? Am tempted.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:37 AM

Yes, though I commented obliquely in another thread (Before The Party), having seen this at a matinee and vastly preferring my evening!

I know it has been hugely praised but it didn't live up to my expectations, though I think my experience was the worse for seeing it at the Rose in Kingston, where productions never seem to overcome that huge gulf between the stage and the audience.  Well-acted, yes, but for me, too long, stodgy and relentlessly grim.  Elsewhere, however (and at the St James, with its steep rake, the contrast of audience vis-a-vis cast could hardly be greater), it would inevitably be different, quite apart from also allowing for personal taste.  And thus far, as so often, I seem to be the only person to have been underwhelmed...

#5 simon from oxford

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:57 AM

My housemate went to see it and whilst she could appreciate the earnestness of it all, she wasn't over-enamoured of the unrelenting grimness either.

She couldn't quite see what the script had to offer.  Solidly done but nothing that special

#6 Lynette

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:16 PM

Thanks, I'll pass. Fringefan, your 'stodgy and relentlessly grim' has done for it.

#7 David J

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:40 PM

Okay call me morbid but I absolutely enjoyed this production. As I watched this I kept thinking "yes it is grim but I did not see that coming". Perhaps this is coming after I saw a new, but absolutely predictable, play, but there is no denying this is well written

What is more it has some of the best performances I have seen so far this year from Barrie Rutter as John Rutherford and Sara Poyzer as Janet.
My reviews can also be found at "A Night at the Theatre"

http://www.anightatthetheatre.co.uk/

#8 Theatrebunny

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

just seen that this is coming into town. I saw it at Kingston and thought it was really very good.  I can see why some people may says its depressing but I thought it was actually very moving and enjoable. I thought the femail lead was particularly good. The Northern Broadsides really do turn out some great work.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 06:59 PM

View PostTheatrebunny, on 03 May 2013 - 06:53 PM, said:

just seen that this is coming into town. I saw it at Kingston and thought it was really very good.  I can see why some people may says its depressing but I thought it was actually very moving and enjoable. I thought the femail lead was particularly good. The Northern Broadsides really do turn out some great work.

You've been reading too much Daily Mail online :lol:



#10 Theatrebunny

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:26 AM

View PostPharaoh, on 03 May 2013 - 06:59 PM, said:

You've been reading too much Daily Mail online :lol:
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